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Quest Standings Are Tight As Mushers Prep to Leave Dawson Overnight

Silhouettes of musher with headlamp and sled dog team running through a narrow, snowy forest trail in the pitch blackness of night.

The race leaders of Yukon Quest 2019, starting with Brent Sass and Michelle Phillips, will be eligible to depart Dawson City late tonight and overnight into Thursday. Fellow musher Allen Moore predicts tight competition in the second half of the race. Phillips’ team has “pep,” Moore says.

Quest Leaders Set to Depart Dawson Late Wednesday

Portrait of a sled dog in harness with blurred background

23 of the 30 mushers in Yukon Quest 2019 have safely made it into Dawson City and are now resting a mandatory 36 hours before the race starts back up again. The top five will be eligible to leave late tonight, having mostly arrived in Dawson City just over 24 hours ago.

Back in Financial ‘Good Health,’ Iron Dog Announces Purse for 2019

Team #8: Aklestad/Johnson

After doubts last summer about the financial viability of the 2019 Iron Dog, “generous donors” and “a lot of discipline” have put the race organization back in financial “good health,” says organization president Jeff Johnson. Iron Dog announced its 2019 purse last week; multiple Nome residents plan to compete.

Let Us Pray

Rosary Beads

Prayer is part of the daily rhythm of broadcasts on KNOM Radio.

Culture While Incarcerated

Anvil Mountain Correctional Center. Photo: Margaret DeMaioribus; KNOM.

About two-thirds of those incarcerated in Alaska and then released from prison return. In recent months, however, Nome’s Anvil Mountain Correctional Center has taken a fresh approach to lower recidivism rates and to improve rehabilitation for inmates: a new embrace of traditional Alaska Native culture.

KNOM: The Next Generation

Matthew by the Russian tanker Renda, Nome

Do you know someone who might be a good KNOM volunteer fellow? Now is a key time in the mission’s preparation for the 2019-2020 service year.

Shelter From the Cold

Exterior of off-white building in Nome at dawn.

Western Alaska’s harsh winter weather is a challenge for every resident who calls this region home. For those who have no home, it’s life-threatening. In Nome, there’s a new shelter that offers daytime services for those who have nowhere else to go.

In the Hall of Fame!

Smiling group of family and friends surrounds KNOM general manager emeritus Ric Schmidt, holding an award.

Longtime KNOM general manager Ric Schmidt was inducted on November 9 into the Alaska Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame. He’s the 64th inductee into the ABA’s storied roster of broadcasting leaders.